Oxide layers of Zr-1% Nb under PWR primary circuit conditions

Gabor Nagy, Zsolt Kerner, Gábor Battistig, Anna Pintér-Csordás, János Balogh, Tamás Pajkossy

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Oxide layers were grown on Zr-1% Nb under conditions simulating those in VVER-type pressurised water reactors (PWRs), viz. in borate solutions in an autoclave at 290°C. The layers were characterised by various methods: their respective thickness values were determined by weight gain measurements, Rutherford backscattering (RBS), nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM); the electrical properties were tested by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results show that the oxide layer on Zr-1% Nb is homogeneous and somewhat thicker than that on Zircaloy-4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-68
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - júl. 1 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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